|Calefax Reed Quintet & the Tony Overwater Trio, the Netherlands, 2008|
Tour Dates: 28 Oct - 19 Nov, 2008
Calefax Reed Quintet & the Tony Overwater Trio
Calefax – a classical reed quintet – and the Tony Overwater Trio – a jazz ensemble – have joined forces to perform several suites that were written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn for the Duke Ellington orchestra, in new arrangements for six reed players (oboe, clarinets, saxophones, bassoon), double bass and drums. Following the huge successes of concerts in the
By collaborating closely with musicians in these countries, the two ensembles will enter into a dialogue with other cultures and, most importantly, demonstrate how music can rise above cultural and social differences. Both groups will play ‘ individually’, inviting local musicians to join in; together, Calefax and the Tony Overwater Trio will not only perform the Far East Suite, but also play new music by Dutch composers – written especially for this occasion – as well as new work by composers from the visited countries, in a “jukebox composition” masterminded by saxofonist/composer Maarten Ornstein.
Calefax Reed Quintet
Calefax can be described as a ‘classical ensemble with a pop mentality’. The reed quintet performs standing up, often from memory, and always introduces the programme to their audience. Moreover, the five musicians arrange, recompose and interpret music from six centuries to suit their unique line-up. Renaissance, baroque, impressionism, jazz or world premières: in the hands of Calefax it all sounds fresh and new.
The internationally recognized quality of the arrangements and their ensemble playing have brought Calefax everywhere in
Tony Overwater TrioThe Tony Overwater Trio consists of three top jazz musicians from The Netherlands, whose main goal it is to enjoy playing music, to perform without any assumptions and to make ‘free’ music in the true sense of the word. They met at the Royal Conservatory in
Tony Overwater, a virtuoso bassist - who received the VPRO/Boy Edgar Prize (thé Dutch jazz award) in 2003 and was nominated for the Bird Award the same year, is also a highly acclaimed composer, whose musical interests range from jazz to improvised and world music. Reed player and composer Maarten Ornstein masters both (bass)clarinet and tenor saxophone and is famous for his special sound and his contributions to modern jazz and improvised music. Wim Kegel is considered one of
The group performed with many international artists like Pat Metheny, Ilse de Lange, Ack van Rooyen, Calefax, and David Murray.